West Ham play host to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The Hammers have made a fine start to their Premier League campaign. And they currently sit in eighth spot in the table, having taken eight points from their first five games.

Manchester United, meanwhile, sit in fourth, although they have the same points tally as West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side will really fancy their chances against the Red Devils.

They beat United 3-1 at the London Stadium last season. And a win on Sunday could see them jump inside the top four.

Pellegrini’s starting XI almost picks itself. There is one position that is still very much up for grabs, however.

Declan Rice has nailed down one of the deep-lying midfield positions as his own. But who should play along side him – Mark Noble or Jack Wilshere?

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Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)



The West Ham skipper is still a vitally important player for Pellegrini’s side. At 32, however, his powers are undoubtedly waning.

He wasn’t quite up to scratch against Aston Villa on Monday night, and perhaps more energetic legs will be needed in midfield when United come to town.

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Jack Wilshere with Mark Noble (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)


The 27-year-old has been eased back into action by Pellegrini this season. He missed the majority of last term through injury, and despite a below-par start to this campaign, he might just have more to offer than Noble on Sunday.

Wilshere can carry the ball better than the Hammers skipper, and his ability to break the lines might prove to be a real asset for West Ham against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The former Arsenal man hasn’t played too much recently, so he should be fully fit and ready to go.

And it might just be in Pellegrini’s best interest to start Wilshere in place of Noble on Sunday.

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